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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Plough
 
Richard Henry Horne (1802–84)
 
 
A LANDSCAPE IN BERKSHIRE

ABOVE yon sombre swell of land
  Thou seest the dawn’s grave orange hue,
With one pale streak like yellow sand,
  And over that a vein of blue.
 
The air is cold above the woods;        5
  All silent is the earth and sky,
Except with his own lonely moods
  The blackbird holds a colloquy.
 
Over the broad hill creeps a beam,
  Like hope that gilds a good man’s brow,        10
And now ascends the nostril-stream
  Of stalwart horses come to plough.
 
Ye rigid Ploughmen, bear in mind
  Your labor is for future hours!
Advance—spare not—nor look behind:        15
  Plough deep and straight with all your powers.
 

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